Condensed from an article by Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
More than 20 percent of young white women who’ve been to a tanning salon become addicted to tanning — even though doing so raises their risk of deadly skin cancer and premature skin aging, a new study reports.
Women who were dependent were more likely to have begun tanning at an earlier age, to be concerned about their appearance and to have depressive symptoms, compared with women who weren’t dependent.
Nearly 47 percent of the women were college students.
He said women need to understand not only the risks of tanning but to be on the lookout for signs of tanning addiction, such as symptoms of depression.
You may not see the sun’s rays on a grey, cloudy day. The clouds do look like they won’t let the harmful rays get through, but they do get through whether it’s summer, spring, winter of fall. Always wear sunscreen to keep you skin and yourself safe.
Condensed from CDC.gov
Clothing When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection.
A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors.
Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor. If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Keep in mind that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as well.
Hat For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck.
A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection.
If you wear a baseball cap, you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas, using a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15, or by staying in the shade.
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Ladies, we’re 9x more likely than men to find skin cancer on our partners. Self chec would like to suggest that you make a date with your partner each month to have a romantic dinner at home followed by a partner skin-chec. It’s a quick, easy and life-saving act, and you never know what it might lead to once the last mark is chec’d out.
The American Academy of Dermatology’s 2017 SPOT Skin Cancer campaign — “Check Your Partner. Check Yourself” — is encouraging women to check both their partners and themselves for signs of skin cancer. When detected early, skin cancer — including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer — is highly treatable.
Research has shown that women are nine times more likely than men to notice melanoma on others, which means women could help save their partners’ lives by helping them spot skin cancer. This is especially important for men over 50 as they have an increased risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population. Here’s what to look for.